The Red Sox pound Walter Johnson
April 16, 1916
No game scheduled
April 17, 1916
Walter Johnson ran into a stumbling block at Fenway Park, named the Boston Red Sox. The Sox bats were so strong that it made no difference who the pitcher was. They whacked Johnson for 11 hits in six innings winning the fourth game in a
row by a 5-1 score. Babe Ruth was chosen to oppose Johnson and pitched very well until the eight inning when the ball got wet and the game was called.
Johnson served up a pair of doubles in the first inning to Everett Scott and Dick Hoblitzell. The combination gave the Sox a one run lead which they held until the sixth inning, when with no outs, a single by Hobby, safe bunts by Olaf Henriksen and Chick
Shorten, a double by Larry Gardner and a line single by Jack Barry put the game away. When the dust settled, the Sox were up 5-0. It was one of the biggest bombardments against Walter Johnson that has ever been seen at Fenway. At one point, five consecutive batters got base
hits off him.
Ruth was hit in every inning but the first, but not one baserunner reached third until the eighth, when they scored their one run and two passes and a base hit by Clyde Milan. The Red Sox gave Babe some great support in the field, making his victory easier
than it was. Pinch Thomas threw a couple of runners out at second and Henriksen was running all over center field making great catches.